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Dental Hygienist I


Under supervision, clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. Educates patient on oral hygiene care, take and develop radiographs, apply fluoride and sealants.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description. These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Remove calculus deposits, biofilm, and stains from exposed tooth surfaces and tooth surfaces within the gingival sulcus. Record and review patient medical histories.
  • Examines and records periodontal health: periodontal charting to include recession and pocket depth to identify signs of gum disease.
  • Palpate and visually examine gums for lesions and abnormalities.
  • Expose and develop radiographs.
  • Chart conditions of decay and disease for diagnosis and treatment by dentist.
  • Maintain dental equipment, sharpen and sterilize dental instruments.
  • Provide a complete head and neck exam to include palpation of lymph nodes to detect any abnormalities such as, swelling or tenderness that could indicate presence of oral cancer.
  • Provide clinical services or health education to improve and maintain the oral health of patients or the general public.
  • Apply fluoride or other cavity preventing agents to arrest dental decay.

Education and Experience

Licensed as a dental hygienist in accordance with Chapter 466, Florida Statutes

Licensure and Certification

Licensed as a dental hygienist in accordance with Chapter 466, Florida Statutes



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